QUOTE(Robodoc @ Apr 22 2009, 07:42 PM)
My younger son, at 15, has just passed Grade 5 with merit. I passed the same level (just) when I was 13. This means that he is, on paper and in fact clearly, a better pianist than I was at the same age. More, he is also both in theory and in practice a better pianist than I was even 2 years ago. I still edge him out (by quite a margin despite his GCSE music course) on theory and general musical knowledge, but he is catching up fast.
It is both a source of pride and at the same time rather worrying!
Tell me about it - my eldest daughter is 2 grades ahead of where I was at her age and has out performed me in every single exam - I never made it beyond grade 3 in my second instrument she is now grade 6 in hers at the age of 12! daughter number 2 has overtaken me on the violin long since (she's 10) and is about where I was at her age on the piano, but that is her second instrument and again has out performed me in every exam.
But yes, a huge source of pride.
Well they say if you want to be an international performer you have to start playing before your grandmother was born!